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Posted Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018


The Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund is accepting grant applications for the 2018 funding round. A historic resource must be listed or certified as eligible for listing on the New Jersey and the National Register of Historic Places to be eligible for a matching grant.

Morris County Starts 2018 Round of Historic Preservation Grants

Museum of Early Trades and Crafts in Madison recieved a 2017 historic preservation grant

Eligible applicants are municipalities, qualified non-profit organizations and the county.

Application forms, rules and regulations for the 2018 grant round of the Historic Preservation Trust Fund are available at planning.morriscountynj.gov.

Please note the following schedule:

  • Jan 31: Application Workshop at the Morris County Cultural Center;
  • Feb. 28: Declaration of Intent due at Morris County;
  • March 29: Grant Application Deadline;
photo of the The Seward House in Mount Olive

A 2017 histroic preservation grant was awarded for the Seward House restoration project in Mount Olive.

The Morris County Office of Planning and Preservation will conduct a workshop to explain the grant application process on Jan. 31, from 7-to-8:30 p.m. at the Morris County Cultural Center, 300 Mendham Rd., in Morris Township.  A snow date for the workshop is Feb. 1.

Staff members from the Office of Planning and Preservation will be on hand to answer questions about project eligibility requirements, the kinds of projects that have been funded in the past, the review process and any other questions applicants may have about the Trust Fund.

photo of Ray Chang

Ray Chang

According to program coordinator Ray Chang, three types of applications are available.

  • Projects that are principally construction related will require a Construction Application.
  • Grant requests for acquisition and preservation planning documents should be completed on a Preservation Planning Application;
  • Grant requests for the preparation of Construction Documents should be completed on the Construction Documents Application.

Applications must be returned to the county no later than March 29.  Applicants must also submit a “Declaration of Intent” to the county by Feb. 28.

The Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund Review Board recommended $2.9 million in county grants from the county’s 2017 Preservation Trust Fund to help preserve, restore, or protect 24 historic sites in 15 towns across Morris County.

The recommendations, which were approved by the Morris County Board of Freeholders, included grants ranging from $2,746 for the Woman’s Club of Morristown headquarters building to $283,560 for the South Street Presbyterian Church in Morristown and $280,401 for the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts in Madison.

More information about the application process or the Historic Preservation Trust Fund may be obtained by contacting Ray Chang at the Morris County Office of Planning and Preservation at (973) 829-8138 or [email protected].